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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

smaddox Re: Not their fault (390 comments)

You got a good laugh out of me

10 hours ago
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Scientists Discover How To Track Natural Errors In DNA Replication

smaddox It's amazing... (19 comments)

It's amazing that we're able to learn so much (regardless of how little it really is) about something so mind-bogglingly complicated. Biological processes make quantum mechanics look like child's play.

12 hours ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

smaddox Re:This test was a successful failure (248 comments)

I'm guessing the on-board guidance computer prioritizes position over angle. Thus, when the fins stopped controlling the angle of descent, the engine compensated to hit the target position.

Just a guess, though.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

smaddox Re:Wait a minute (248 comments)

An open system is also a whole lot simpler. Weight is very important, but so is reliability. If a pump fails (keep in mind the extreme environment), you lose the stage. Increasing the reservoir size is much simpler and more reliable.

about two weeks ago
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Cryptocurrency Based Basic Income Program Started In Finland

smaddox Re: Sounds suspiciously like welfare. (109 comments)

Until they start, at which point maybe they become unstable and lose their wealth. Wealth doesn't rain down from heaven. Automation has reduced the amount of human effort required, but less is not zero.

about three weeks ago
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Cryptocurrency Based Basic Income Program Started In Finland

smaddox Re: It's a con... (109 comments)

Yeah, but don't tell the government that. They really like thinking they're in control.

about three weeks ago
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NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission May Not Actually Redirect an Asteroid

smaddox Re:Mars Needs Nothing (73 comments)

The month-long day/night cycle and low gravity are significant issues for long-term habitation of the Moon. There's also evidence now that Moon quakes regularly hit 5.5 Richters and last for 10 minutes. Mars presents plenty of challenges, but it's nowhere near as bad as the Moon.

about three weeks ago
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Lizard Stresser DDoS-for-Hire Service Built On Hacked Home Routers

smaddox Re:Remote Admin Enabled by Default? (65 comments)

But why is the router's diagnostic/config interface accessible from the WAN port? It seems rather obvious that only the LAN ports should have access to that.

Now, if this is some kind of buffer overflow error induced by malformed packets, that is of course rather different.

about three weeks ago
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Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos

smaddox Re: Slashdot today. (142 comments)

Thanks for the suggestion. I've been looking for somewhere better than slashdot. However, the lack of threaded comments is abhorrent.

about three weeks ago
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Entanglement Makes Quantum Particles Measurably Heavier, Says Quantum Theorist

smaddox Re:Particle physics is easy ... (109 comments)

Mod parent up.

Also, perhaps further development of the theory could hint at methods of unification of QM with GR.

about three weeks ago
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Entanglement Makes Quantum Particles Measurably Heavier, Says Quantum Theorist

smaddox Re:It's even easier (109 comments)

How do you define gravitational potential energy such that a massless particle has any?

Regardless, both this comment and the parent comment are ignoring the importance of reference frame. Relativity is not at all my specialty, but it's unclear to me how you should talk about a single photon in relativistic gravitational fields, since it's impossible to make any measurements on the photon without affecting it's energy.

about three weeks ago
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Bill Gates Endorses Water From Human Waste

smaddox Economics? (245 comments)

Who cares if you can distill clean drinking water from human excrement? What matters is, is it economical?

about three weeks ago
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The New (Computer) Chess World Champion

smaddox Re: Big Data for chess (107 comments)

Because the lookup table would have to have ~ 10^46 entries.

about a month ago
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Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

smaddox Re: Occam's Razor (282 comments)

Your objections are easily explained away as a false flag operation initiated by an individual or group.

about a month ago
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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

smaddox Re: Science, bitches, that's *how* it works! (197 comments)

A self consistent theory is never "wrong". It can, however, be used incorrectly by applying it to a system that does not follow the axioms. Our universe follows Newton's axioms within experimental error at moderate size and energy scales. At much smaller or larger scales, the axioms no longer describe our universe and as a result the theory no longer applies.

about a month ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

smaddox Re: TSA is unnecessary (184 comments)

Sealing the cockpit is necessary. Random bomb sniffing dogs is a great idea. Pretty much all of the rest is extraneous.

about a month and a half ago
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Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus

smaddox Re:Cheap? (52 comments)

Already done. I forget who the original company to do it was, but that's likely where they got the idea.

about a month and a half ago
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High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

smaddox Re:Byebye supercooling, hello pressure containment (80 comments)

My take is that the theory for most high temperature superconductors is incomplete, which makes it difficult to find even higher temperature superconductors (because we don't know what to look for). In contrast, the superconductivity present in this sample is well understood and thus these results might suggest where to look next.

about a month and a half ago
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High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

smaddox Re:Can someone explain to me (80 comments)

Yeah, there's clearly some issue with that figure. Figure 2b seems to support the claim, though. This draft needs some serious editing. I would never submit something at this rough of a state.

about a month and a half ago

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